Cost of Living in Austin, Texas

Cost of Living in Austin, TX is

3% lower

than the National Average

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Whether you're considering relocation to Austin, Texas or just curious about the cost of living in Austin, Texas, the PayScale Cost of Living Calculator is the place to begin your research. When looking at the cost of living charts below, be sure to pay attention to the housing expense category. Housing costs and mortgage rates can vary by city because local banks can have different mortgage rates from their national competition. If you are serious about relocation to Austin, Texas, you might want to investigate local mortgage rate options before you put your house up for sale.

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Cost of Living for Austin, Texas

If you are looking to live in an affordable city, look no further than Austin, Texas. Austin is home to the capital building of Texas, many high tech companies and the University of Texas. With a town of over 700,000 people to cheer on the Texas Longhorn football team, this major city and college town is full of character. The influence of the University of Texas has provided the city with many theaters, art galleries and music festivals. Austin is not only a college town; there are many opportunities to build a career at one of the many large companies in Austin.

Overall, the cost of living for Austin is very reasonable. At three percent below the national average cost of living, moving to Austin may be an economical choice for you. One of the most interesting factors in the cost of living for Austin is that the cost of housing is 15 percent below the national average. In many other large cities, the cost of housing is well above the national average, regardless of the overall cost of living. It's no wonder that Austin is one of the most Popular Cities in Texas.

Salaries in Austin, Texas

Though many people may not associate Austin with technology, the city is home to many branches of high tech companies. Hewlett-Packard, eBay, Google, Samsung and Apple all have branches in Austin, Texas. With these companies come many jobs related to information technology. Despite the low cost of living in Austin, the median salary range for IT professionals is competitive with other areas. Take a look at PayScale's chart on Median Salaries in Austin to see how salaries compare for jobs in the IT industry as well as in other fields. For a broader look at salaries in Austin, see the chart showing median Salaries in Austin by Years Experience.

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